Sunday, April 23, 2017

OH Design!



A few weeks back I was in Dollarama to buy my favorite chocolate bar and I was a bit confused in making sure that I had the right one because they make a peanut butter version as well.  But it wasn't until I was in line to pay that I noticed that it was a completely new wrapper, hence my earlier confusion. I love it when packaging design changes. I was excited.

When I was on the bus I couldn't wait to pull out my henry to study it. Yeah I felt goofy, just staring at it, turning it around in my hands and of course picking it apart.  I wish I could have been there in the final stages to tweak it to a better state. I seem to have some relationship issues between the OH and the Henry. Something is off kilter. I know what it is but I won't get into it. The chocolate bar still tastes Great!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Roca Poetry Vaisius Chew


I could not find any peppermint Roca in the city last year for a birthday gift so I had to make my own. And of course I can't make candy for gifting without designing and making my own packaging for it. I like how the single page packaging wrap works for the various shaped pieces, then a single sticker to hold it all closed and tight.
 
 My gals name is Jacque, hence the name Roca Jack.




 I know a friend named Andrew Vaisius 
who grew whiskers on his faceius.
                                                                  RP

My friend Andrew is a much better poet than I will ever be. You can chew on his word morsels for a long time. They kinda stick to your teeth though.

This is a little novelty packaging idea I came up with, perfect for a single shot of poetry when you need your next fix. No need to rush through a whole volume. Just chew on this for awhile. Then when you are ready, you can have another. Rot your mind, not your teeth.



Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kit Kat Evolution


Rowntree's chocolate covered wafer bar was first introduced in England in 1935 and was renamed Kit Kat in 1937. In the 1940's Kit Kat was exported and sold in Canada.


From 1945-1947 the original red wrapper was replaced by blue due to the shortage of milk.


I love the Rowntree logo on this 10cent wrapper and I seem to enjoy the brand design a lot more here, than I did when it was reintroduced by Nestle after they bought Rowntree in 1988




It's interesting how certain design elements are are phased in or out. The chocolate bar for example or slight lettering changes. You can also see here the number of grams the bar weighs fluctuating and then it's really super to see the evolution of Nestle's continual logo change.









Thursday, December 13, 2012

Real LIVE Wacky Packages



1974 art for ScreamSicle - From the book Wacky Packages New New New published in 2010 by Abrams  

I grew up buying Wacky Packages trading card gum stickers and I putting them all over my notebooks and dresser. ( I wish I didn't) but I still love them to this day. There have been hundreds of them made over the years and there has even been a resurgence of interest in them with the Topps company putting out collections and books and new stickers!

So, I almost couldn't believe it when I saw Nestle's daringly humorous move to temporarily change their best selling candy bar packaging for a novelty halloween theme. These are real live Wacky Packages!








I must say that the Kit Kat design here is rather lame. The Kat is pretty cool but none of it says Halloween like the other three do. Below are some of the other candy bar related wacky package stickers Topps put out. But like I said there are hundreds of these little designed paintings of all sorts of products. In another post I'll put up some more of my favorites.

 1974

 1974

 1979

 1979

2006


Thursday, December 6, 2012

D-N-Aid to the Rescue!




I was remembering the old packages of Lik-m-aid from when I was a kid, you know that colored, flavored sugar powder candy in an envelope pack. There have also been many variations like Pixy Stix and then I remember these plastic fruits with the powder inside, and then there were the packages that had a candy stick in a separate attached pouch so that you didn't have to get your finger all sticky, plus with the stick you got more candy.....more sugar. What those guys didn't do was make the stick into a candy finger.

I was also thinking about Kool-aid, sugar, artificial colors and the transformative powers of these items on our body and minds, though perhaps only temporary. But what if we take it a step further and rearrange a few deeper physiological and psychological attributes of our human form? Soon we will have the option to choose the body and mind of our children through the manipulation of their DNAs.


When I was creating the design and art for my D-N-Aid packages I had a specific era of design in my memory bank. It was vague and I have seen the packages here and there since but I did not want to look at them when it came time to design mine, I just wanted to work from my vague  recollections. This way, I would have something similar (hopefully) without copying or I could get something very unique if my memories were totally out the window. I had no memories of what the backs looked liked though so I just made something which was pleasing to me.

I wanted to do a rainbow of flavors which gave me the fun assignment of drawing different characters for the packages. Yeah there should have been at least one more woman. The doctor was going to be a woman but it just wasn't happening on the drawing board. In fact I actually started this project a year ago. I had the package design all done at that time, and I started drawing one of the charicatures, but It just wasn't the right touch I wanted, so I abandoned the project for the time until this past October, and somehow, all the characters just rolled off my mouse. (yes these are computer aided drawings done in adobe illustrator using the pencil tool and a mouse)






Here are a couple packs of the real stuff that I had when I was a kid as well as the Fun Dip candy that I remembered seeing but was already an adult to want any. Then below that I've included some older era Lik-m-aid package graphics. Enjoy!













Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chewey Goodness




The taste left by this very chewy caramel candy made me feel a bit different. I couldn't find any information on the candy company. I don't know if they have been around for awhile, but the wrapper looks somewhat modern, though it could be up to 12-14 years old at the same time. Maybe that's why the candy tasted strange. Or maybe it was just a foreign flavor that I was not used too. Or even just the fact that the candy idea is odd to begin with. Who would have given this candy the production go ahead?


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Flavor Codes





One of my favorite all time graphic designs has got to be the Old Dutch chip bag and box packaging trim you see here. Just the trim - it's simple, bold and effective, and very festive. Old Dutch chips were the potato chip brand in my youth and today they still carry on with the best potato chip on the market. There are only three ingredients in their regular potato chip: potatoes, oil, salt. And this is the bag we are seeing here on this wall on Pacific Avenue here in Winnipeg. I don't know how long or who painted this graphic but I only noticed it this past winter. I went back last week for another photo but there has been some new activity on the wall.




Can you guess what Old Dutch product this top blue 'code" is from? How about the many other potato chip flavors Old Dutch offers. Here are BBQ, Onion & Garlic, Sour Crean & Onion and All Dressed.